Exercise Myths Debunked: It’s Time to Get Fit

Exercise Myths Debunked: It’s Time to Get Fit

Okay, so with winter nipping at our toes, it may seem like exercise is the furthest thing from your mind. But, you need to keep fit all year round. After all, keeping fit is a lifestyle choice. It’s not something only to be done in the summer to look good in a bikini.

There are so many exercise myths that it is bordering on ridiculous. It’s time to get fit and stop making excuses.

Here are the top exercise myths debunked.

Myth 1: You Need Winter Fat

No one needs winter fat, unless you are a mammal that is currently hibernating in a den. You don’t need winter fat to keep you warm. You live in a house, with central heating. Winter fat is less important for humans and more important for arctic animals. You need to make sure that you are still in physical good health, even during the winter. Ditch the ice cream and other comfort food and make sure that you are eating balanced meals that are full of goodness.

Myth 2: You Don’t Have to Exercise Every Day

In short, this is an old wives tale. If you want to become fit and toned, you need to exercise every day. You don’t have to be in the gym for hours on end, but a quick half hour on the treadmill is far better for you than sitting on the sofa eating crisps. You need to undertake in one form of exercise every day to feel the health benefits.

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For many, the gym is an unpleasant place. You don’t have to go to the gym to keep fit. Go for a power walk around the block. Run around the garden. Skip in the yard. Seek out the services of a personal trainer. Do ensure that your trainer is protected by fitness trainer insurance. You don’t have to be at the behest of the gym. Get moving every day, even if it is for only half hour.

Myth 3: Exercise Will Help Me Lose Weight Quickly

Exercise will not help you lose weight quickly. But, it will ensure that you keep the weight off for the long-term. No one should strive to lose weight quickly. You should aim to lose no more than one to two pounds per week. This ensures that you are losing a stable amount of weight. The adage slow and steady wins the race is pivotal when it comes to keeping fit and losing weight. You need to make sure that you are losing weight slowly so that it stays off the long term.

If you want to lose a little more quickly, you need to make sure that you are undertaking intense workouts that burn a lot more calories. A gentle walk is great for waking up your muscles. But you won’t burn excess calories by doing this. Running, jogging and interval training is the best way to burn calories and fight the fat.

Losing weight and keeping fit isn’t about having a supermodel’s body. It’s about taking stock of your health for the long term to ensure that you are happy and healthy.